Combined Campuses & Colleges 2012 – SOLID PHILLIPS PUSHES BAJANS AHEAD

A century second-wicket stand between Omar Phillips and Kirk Edwards fortified Barbados’ position against Combined Campuses & Colleges in the Regional 4Day tournament on Saturday, after Tino Best and Kemar Roach provided more proof that fast bowling is their current strength.

Phillips, a left-handed opener, was unbeaten on 63 and Edwards, the Barbados captain and West Indies batsman, was not out on 34, as the Barbadians reached 103 for one in their second innings for an overall lead of 195 at the rescheduled close on the rain-affected, second day of their day/night, fourth round match.

{FILE IMAGE} Roach provided another breakthrough, just when it appeared they were knuckling down – Bonner edging the sharply rising, last delivery before lunch and was caught behind for 12, leaving CCC 74 for five at the interval.

Best had collected four wickets for 33 runs from 12.2 overs and Roach snared four for 49 from 13 overs, as CCC were dismissed for 145 about 10 minutes before tea, handing the home team a first innings lead of 92.

Best, Roach and unsuccessful fellow fast bowler Christopher Jordan exploited a helpful Kensington Oval pitch, gaining bounce and movement to make life uncomfortable for the CCC batsman.

Veteran left-hander and player/coach Floyd Reifer had to draw on all of his experience for the top score of 40 and Kevin McClean later took advantage of the attack’s weariness to prop things up with 28. No other CCC batsman reached 20.

Phillips and Edwards then shared 103 – unbroken – to tighten Barbados’ grip, after teenaged West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite was lbw to Kevin McClean for a duck.

Phillips, also a former CCC captain, who played two Tests for West Indies in a home series against Bangladesh, turned a delivery from off-spinner Ryan Austin into mid-wicket for a single to reach his 50 from 95 balls.

He has struck eight fours from 114 balls in total, having spent two hours, 40 minutes at the crease, and Edwards struck just two boundaries from 95 balls in close to 2 ½ hours.

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